Transfer Students

If you are a transfer student looking for a career in art and design, Academy of Art University is the perfect place for you. With innovative facilities, studio learning, and flexible classes taught by professional artists, both online or in San Francisco, you’ll find a unique focus on your needs as a transfer student, and will begin cultivating skills for the dream job you’ve always wanted.

Academy of Art University understands your desire for change and offers quality education with the necessary hands-on training.  As a student here, you’ll have opportunities to work on big projects with top companies, to secure industry-leading internships in your field, and you’ll also be introduced to career opportunities through the university’s vast network of alumni and companies hiring our graduates.

Application and Admission

Academy of Art University understands the needs of transfer students are unique and for this reason we welcome you to get started whenever it is right for you. Most students have typically attended another college or university anywhere from one semester up to several years prior to applying to the Academy.

Interested in Transferring?

Simply follow the three steps below to start your transfer to Academy of Art University:

Step 1: Complete the application form.

Submit your application using one of the following links:

Step 2: Submit Payment.

Applying requires a US $50 nonrefundable application fee. Additional documents and required materials can be submitted at any time after you have completed your online application.

Step 3: Submit official transcripts.

Submit Your Official Transcript(s) by Email or Mail: How to Send Us Your Transcripts: You may submit your official transcript by mail to: Academy of Art University Attn: Office of The Registrar 79 New Montgomery St. San Francisco, California 94105 Official transcripts should be sealed and mailed directly to Academy of Art University by the issuing institution. Academy of Art University is also a member of the National Student Clearinghouse Electronic Transcript Exchange Registry and accepts transcripts from other member organizations. You may have your official electronic transcripts sent to: You may also email your unofficial transcript(s) to: To be eligible for transfer credit review, your transcripts must be received by the end of your first semester at Academy of Art University. Academy of Art University can only evaluate transcripts that have been translated into English. For assistance is having your transcript translated, please contact your Admissions Representative.

How Your Credits Get Transferred

We evaluate coursework from accredited colleges/universities that carry the same or similar credit system as Academy of Art University. Applicable transfer credits must be completed with an equivalent grade of “C” or above. Questions about your transcript? Give us a call: 1-800-544-2787

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International Student Transfers

Academy of Art University is comprised of a very diverse student body population, both online and on campus in San Francisco.  With acceptance of students from across the globe, the Academy parallels the multicultural make-up and tolerance of its great city, San Francisco, providing an open and safe environment for students to express their own melting pot of creativity.

How to Meet Requirements With Placement Exams and Waivers

You may be able to meet certain liberal arts requirements through placement exams and waiver options for written communication, quantitative literacy, art history and appreciation, historical awareness, and comparative ideas and influences.

How to Take Care of Your Finances

Please visit the following pages to find answers to your financial questions:

How to Prepare for a Transfer

Students who are interested in transferring to Academy of Art University in the future can start preparing now by referencing one of our Transfer Guides. For schools not listed below or if you are seeking an Associate of Arts (AA) or Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) degree, please contact your admissions representative for a separate transfer guide.

Allan Hancock CollegeEl Dorado Center
Norco Campus (Riverside CCD)
American River College
Evergreen Valley College
Ohlone College
Antelope Valley College
Feather River College
Orange Coast College
Bakersfield College
Folsom Lake College
Oxnard College
Barstow College
Foothill College
Palo Verde College
Berkeley City College
Fresno City College
Palomar College
Butte College
Fullerton College
Pasadena City College
Cabrillo College
Gavilan College
Porterville College
Cañada College
Glendale Community College
Reedley College
Cerritos College
Golden West College
Rio Hondo College
Cerro Coso College
Grossmont College
Riverside City College
Chabot College
Hartnell College
Sacramento City College
Chaffey College
Imperial Valley College
Saddleback College
Citrus College
Irvine Valley College
San Bernardino Valley College
City College of San Francisco
Lake Tahoe Community College
San Diego City College
Clear Lake Campus
Laney College
San Diego Mesa College
Clovis Community College
Las Positas College
San Diego Miramar College
Coastline Community College
Lassen College
San Joaquin Delta College
College of Alameda
Long Beach Community College
San Jose City College
College of San Mateo
Los Angeles City College
Santa Ana College
College of Siskiyous
Los Angeles Harbor College
Santa Barbara City College
College of the Canyons
Los Angeles Mission College
Santa Monica College
College of the Desert
Los Angeles Pierce College
Santa Rosa Junior College
College of the Redwoods
Los Angeles Southwest College
Santiago Canyon College
College of the Sequoias
Los Angeles Trade-Tech College
School of Continuing Education, North Orange County
Columbia College
Los Angeles Valley College
Shasta College
Contra Costa College
Mendocino College
Sierra College
Copper Mountain College
Merced College
Skyline College
Consumnes River College
Merritt College
Solano Community College
Crafton Hills College
Miracosta College
Southwestern College
Cuesta College
Mission College
Taft College
Cuyamaca College
Modesto Junior College
Ventura College
Cypress College
Monterey Peninsula College
Victor Valley College
De Anza College
Moorpark College
West Hills College
Diablo Valley College
Moreno Valley College
West Valley College
East Lost Angeles College
Mt. San Antonio College
Woodland Community College
El Camino College
Napa Valley College
Yuba College
El Camino Compton Community Education Center

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